Forever the runner-up and seemingly destined
to fall into the also-ran category, Hampton Roads has never had much success when it comes to landing major events that an area this size should.
Thursday’s inaugural Teenapalooza concert at .
the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater is a big step in a new direction.
With a smorgasbord of performances by Sisqo, Shaggy, Nelly, Lil’ Bow Wow, Dream, Jessica Simpson and others, the extravaganza is being taped for a national broadcast on Fox TV as part of the network’s Teen Choice Awards and its “Last Class Bash” summer kickoff.
The show will air June 20 at 8 p.m.
So how did Virginia Beach pull off such a coup?
The Amphitheater, which had to compete with a dozen or so other venues throughout the United States for the right to host the show, seemed to be the best fit for Fox, according to Fox publicist Josh Governale.
“We looked at the support these acts received (in terms of record sales) in each area, the teen-age segment of the population for the region, and the venue itself,” Governale said. “It wasn’t that tough a choice.”
That’s something Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf loves to hear:
“I can’t tell you how delighted I am to hear that they found our city to be representative of the ideal location for this event” she said. “Every year we play host to over 3 million visitors, so it should come as no surprise. We feel privileged to provide teen-agers elsewhere with the opportunity to enjoy the Last Bash concert before the summer begins in earnest.”
So the site was settled. Now the question of who was going to perform loomed. Several performers were reportedly turned away due to time constraints.
“We wanted to pick talent that’s making an impact in the music that teen-agers listen to and that’s available for the show,” Governale said. “It turns out that we had a lot of the latter. A lot of acts are familiar with Virginia and her beaches, so they were more than willing to make the trip. Unfortunately, we couldn’t say yes to all of them.”
But the ones they did say yes to result in the “mother-of-all-lineups.” Take a look:
Yes, Mr. Thong—tha-thon-thon-thong himself will be making his presence felt at theshow. The front man for the Baltimore-based R&B group Dru Hill has had a good couple of years. His 1999 solo debut “Unleash the Dragon” sold more than 5 million copies, he’s appeared in a feature film, hosted his own show on MTV and has generally done whatever the heck he’s wanted to.
Now, as he prepares for the June 19 release of his sophomore solo effort “Return of the Dragon,” one can rest assured that we’ll be seeing plenty of the diminutive, tattoo-laden singer/songwriter!
Born Orville Richard Burrell (yep, you read that correctly), Shaggy is pretty much the man who put New York reggae on the map. His world-wide hit “Oh Carolina” helped start the raga boom of the early 90s. But after a prolific rise came the proverbial fall. As his second hit, the Grammy-winning “Boombastic” faded off the charts, the gravelly voiced singer had trouble selling his music and jumped to another label.
His controversial hit “It Wasn’t Me,” along with the rest of his mu1ti-platinum album “Hot Shot”
was last year’s biggest surprise.
Anybody who can hi-jack the theme song from “The J effersons” and make it work has got to get some respect. The track “Batter Up” was part of the St. Louis native’s multi-platinum debut “Country Grammar.” Spawning hits like the title cut, “E,I.” and “Ride Wit Me,” the album was one of the year’s best.
With a platinum album, “It Was All a Dream,” and two top five hits under their belts, “He Loves U Not,” and “This Is Me,” these girls are definitely living their dream.
She’s young, she’s beautiful, and if you listen to her, she is blessed. In an era of wind-up divas, she is refreshingly honest, remarkably focused and true to her beliefs. Her second album “Irresistible,” was released last week and the title cut is forecasting better things to come.
LiI’ Bow Wow:
If you missed him Sunday at the Hampton Coliseum, check him out at the Amphitheater. His debut album “Beware of Dog” has already gone multi-platinum.
Their single “What Would You Do” has been getting plenty of airplay, but did you know it was part of the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence movie “Life”? Now, with a second lease on life, the single is driving some rapidly growing sales for the New J ersey-based trio.
S Club 7:
These folks exuded mixed reactions when they burst onto the music scene in 1999. To some, they were a bunch of fresh-faced performers with a whole lot of upside, but to others they were the
most horrific British import since foot and mouth disease.
Thanks to their TV series “S Club 7 in Miami” on the Fox Family Channel, the group seems to have righted their ship. Known for high-energy performances, this group should be something to watch.
The “Popstars” cameras aren’t following them around anymore, but the group’s five members say their made-for-TV ensemble is staying together for real. They’ve already recorded a couple of
songs in Spanish and will be touring with ’N Sync on the Pop Odyssey Tour.
With a line-up like that, it’s safe to say this concert will be huge.
“This show isn’t going to be your run—of-the—mill concert,” said James Colsten, an Amphitheater marketing employee. “The host, the artists, even the venue itself will be geared up to be a festival-like atmosphere. We don’t want the audience to come and just watch the show. We want them to be a part of the show.”
I hear that.